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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Snow Bunt Hunt Soil Hill

               Fog rolling down the Causeway Foot Col
                 Sun burning through
                                            Clouded out
               Raggalds Flood, good Lapwing count

Weird weather up on Soil Hill late afternoon with banks of fog rolling through followed by hazy sunshine and a cold NNW>4.
After a full zig zag search of the whole of the summits, including the mounds and reed beds I can safely say there are no Snow Buntings on Soil Hill at this moment in time, or any other bird come to that. No Meadow Pipits, Skylarks or Snipe even though the habitat is perfect for all species.
Two Carrion Crows were the only birds on the ground but luckily I managed a few fly overs.
1 Meadow Pipit headed >E along with 4 Fieldfare whilst a single Fieldfare kept flying around throughout, probably the same mad bird from last year.
A Sparrowhawk gliding over and I watched it go down the col and over Mixenden reservoir.
14 Canada geese were down near the NK pond along with a few small gulls.

A check on Raggalds Flood on the way back found a good count of 63 Lapwing present on the opposite shore than usual.
A keen frosty night so hopefully the fog will keep away in the morning.
BS